Transport Commission Plans to Resume the Use of Parking Meters
The city transport commission is planning to resume the use of parking meters in its efforts to promote the use of public transportation and to further relieve congestion on roads. By resuming the meter fees is part of the ten reforms the commission is planning for this year to relieve traffic and improve intelligent transportation level in the city and promote investments in infrastructure.
The meter fee plan is created by the Shenzhen Urban Transportation Planning and Design Institute that will increase parking fees in the city streets at 30 minute intervals to help stimulate turnover of parked vehicles. That plan is used as a reference for deciding since the first 30 minutes of parking will cost 5 yuan in commercial areas, then could increase if the vehicle parked is staying longer. Initial fee is set at 10 yuan from 7:15 am and 10 pm during weekdays. Weekend fees is at 2 yuan for the first 30 minutes and increase to 4 yuan for the following hours. Fee calculation id every 30 minutes and will cap at 15 yuan during weekends and parking on metered spots is free during night. The plan is now open for public opinion.
Shenzhen took the lead among mainland cities in piloting the parking meter program in 1997 with cooperation with a local company which was commissioned by the government to construct and manage the parking meters. Although the widely criticized by the public the program was suspended in 2007 after the contract expired.